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When Do You Admit That You Are Wrong?
As humans, one of the hardest things for us to do is admit that we are wrong. We will come up with endless excuses and explanations to explain why things haven’t turned out the way that we predicted. None of us want to admit that our idea, thought, or plan wasn’t right after all.
So, when will the federal government admit that their fire management efforts aren’t working?According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), who tracks such things, the average annual acreage burned by wildfires in the United States has increased over the past 30 years. In the CBO’s recent report, they found that an average of 8 million acres burned each year in wildfires between 2017 and 2021, more than double the average amount from 1987 to 1991. More importantly, a fire on federal lands is, on average, five times the size of one on non-federal lands. And if you want to talk about costs, average annual federal spending on fire suppression totaled $2.5 billion dollars between 2016 and 2020.More acres burned, larger fires, and higher costs of fire suppression. Not a great trifecta.